Not my words. That is the preface to the book. I wasn’t sure if it was intended as a marketing ploy or as a warning. Turns out, it is a bit of both.
Twisted is teen author Laurie Halse Anderson’s newest exploration of the teen psyche, this time told from the perspective of high school senior Tyler, who is far from perfect. Tyler screwed up royally the year before by spray painting graffiti at school. Now, he is presumed to be guilty of yet another crime – sexual assault of the most popular girl at school who, while passed out cold from drinking, had naked photos taken of her posted on the web. This is not a, “Gee, did Tyler commit this crime?” type of who-dunnit book. The reader knows that Tyler is innocent. The book is about how Tyler deals with the accusation, and how it effects his already screwed up family.
This book is chock full of teenage angst and issues, and Anderson, as usual, doesn’t shy away from anything. Writing for the first time from a male perspective, the novel’s characters deal with absent parents who drink, casual sex, drugs, teen drinking, drunk driving, cheating, and just general bad behavior. Anderson hits teen behavior dead on; maybe there should be a warning for adults at the beginning of the book that “This Book is Not for Adults.” Many adults would freak out to think that Anderson’s world of teens might be the world their high schoolers also live in… Heidi @ West Regional